England got off to the worst possible start to their second innings as slow left-arm orthodox Axar Patel bowled possibly the best over of the match thus far to claim two wickets in the first over of their innings.
Zak Crawley’s struggles against left-arm spin continued as he was dismissed for the sixth time in a row to SLA in as many innings this winter.
Crawley, who had smashed a brilliant 53 and nearly 50 percent of England’s total in the first innings was absolutely bamboozled by a good length delivery by Axar Patel, one that went on to skid with the arm.
Crawley was deeply rooted in his crease and he had absolutely so clue about the line of the delivery, eventually leading to his off-stump get pegged back.
Jonny Bairstow’s horror show in the Test match continued as he registered a pair. Bairstow looked like a cat on a hot tin roof against Axar Patel and was nearly dismissed twice on consecutive deliveries.
The Yorkshire cricketer went for the slog sweep on the first delivery that he faced but was comprehensively beaten as the ball thudded into his pads. The Indians went up in unison as did the umpire’s finger, who had no doubt in the fact that the ball was going to nail the stumps.
Bairstow, however, reviewed and to everyone’s surprise, ball tracking showed that the ball would have gone over the stumps.
His luck, however, ran out on the very next delivery that he faced. The England No.3 proceeded to stride forward and defend but in the process, he exposed a huge gap between bat and pad and it was enough for Axar to breach.
First over of England’s second innings:
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This was Bairstow’s fourth duck in his last seven innings against India as England got reduced to 0-2 within just three balls of their second innings.
Axar Patel has since then claimed two more wickets in the form of Dom Sibley and skipper Joe Root to complete his maiden ten-wicket haul in Test cricket.